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|Holcroft Covenant |
Actors: Michael Caine, Anthony Andrews, Victoria Tennant, Lilli Palmer, Mario Adorf
Director: John Frankenheimer
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Military & War
Michael Caine (The Ipcress File) and legendary director John Frankenheimer (The Manchurian Candidate, Ronin) team up for an explosive action/thriller jam-packed with heart-stopping suspense and international intrigue. Base... more »
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For Caine and Frankenheimer fans ONLY
Harvey Pekar | Rocky River, Ohio United States | 06/16/2000
(2 out of 5 stars)
"The Holcraft Covenant is nothing more than your average 80's thriller that has the benefit of having a top-notch leading man and director attached. The picture looks excellent and there is just enough intrigue added to the film's premise to keep the viewer on board the whole way. Frankenheimer displays his trademark visual flair without going over the top(as many were guilty of at the time). The one thing that really detracts from the film is it's obviously low budget and irritating synth score. It is an overall average adaptation of a fairly decent Ludlum thriller that is worth picking up only for the excellent picture quality and commentary by the director. It is a delight to hear Frankenheimer discuss one of the film's most exciting scenes being filmed and constructed around of the absence of a leading man! For Fans of the star and director only."
Crappy DVD Transfer
Gregory Mast | San Jose, CA | 05/01/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)
"OK, so I wasn't really paying attention when I pre-ordered this movie. I was surprised when I checked the invoice and noticed that the movie cost about 5 USD. However, it is fair to say that even at five dollars this DVD is grossly overpriced.
Why? Because this looks like the worst kind of 4th generation bootleg VHS transfer. The video is crap and the audio is worse. This is, without a doubt, the worst DVD in my library (and it won't be there long). I actually checked the packaging to see if in fact this was a studio release.
If you are an afficianado of Mexican bootleg DVD's then this is for you. Otherwise, ZERO STARS .(...)"
Enlightening and Relevant to Today
MediaCritic | LA Burbs | 03/20/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Michael Caine always can anchor a spy flick, and this is no exception. While the plot is a trifle flat, and a couple of the supporting actors (Victoria Tennent) are stretched beyond their abilities, the cinemagraphic techniques and direction by John Frankenheimer are superb. Several elements, particularly the outdoor angles from crowded streets and the icy violin sound effects echo back to the great spy movies of the post-war era and lend an almost Hitchcock-esque eeriness to the film. And when the climax finally reveals the implications of the plot, even the dense can see the relevance to comtemporary events.
Hard to believe this timely film is nearly 20 years old."
What film did these other people watch?
Elizabeth | Bowling Green, Ky USA | 06/29/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I don"t understand why there are so many negative reviews for this enjoyable "spy" film. I did not find it hard to follow at all. Frankenheimer delivers a thoroughly enjoyable film with a solid cast. I haven't read the book, maybe that is why some didn't like it, but the charges of it being confusing are unfounded. Michael Caine is the only "star", maybe also contributing to the dislike. I'd see it again, just to listen to Anthony Andrews speech on America (not that I agree). Riveting stuff, recommended."